Sunday, January 29, 2017 Report by
Kingfisher East Bengal Thumps 5 past Minerva Punjab To top of the table.
The adverse weather combined with worst ground conditions were not enough to stop the Red & Gold Brigade who ran a route in Ludhiana clinching their 3rd away win & 4th in a row to advance to the top of the table, leaving behind arch rivals Mohun Bagan on Goal difference.
It all started in the 7th min after Minerva skipper fouled Robin Singh just outside the box to concede a free kick. It was a pitch-perfect delivery from the East Bengal skipper Dika who floated the ball nicely into the box & Wedson Anselme made no mistake heading the ball into the net.
Wedson went on to score a hattrick combining with Willis Plaza, Robin Singh & N.Poojary. The Minerva defense looked clueless with Trio combining after balls being delivered at a constant rate by Mehtab Hossain & Dika.
The Second goal came in 39th min after Robin Singh played a through ball for overlapping R.Bheke who delivered a beautiful cross for the East Bengal number 9 who then wrong-footed Simranjit with two beautiful touches shooting past Arnab Das Sharma to make it 2-0. The half time arrived with East Bengal in an advantageous position though needing 3 goals to knock their arch rivals Mohun Bagan off their perch & lead the points table.
After the break, the Minerva defense was stung by East Bengal front 3 when they scored thrice in a span of 3 mins. Narayan Das cross partially cleared by Minerva custodian felt for Wedson Anselme whose fearsome shot on target was blocked by Minerva skipper Arashpreet Singh that involved his hands conceding a penalty, Wedson made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0. Minerva defense being rattled by 3rd goal conceded yet again this time Wedson with the killer through ball for Robin Singh slotted past onrushing Arnab Das Sharma to make it 4-0.
The last but not the least Wedson the Hero Of The Match completed his hat trick after receiving a ball from midfield general Mehtab Hossain.
Minerva had no answers to East Bengals attacking spree that was playing on like a Beethoven's Symphony.
After this win, East Bengal throttles up to the top position being the league leaders with arch rivals Mohun Bagan but outscoring them in goal difference.
TJM with his second spell has already marked the presence in I-League 2016-2017. Now all the action moves to Barasat Stadium where East Bengal on 1st of February & will look to carry on their winning run against Mumbai FC.